Jimmered- (verb) the act of getting burned or juked

On a trip to New York in 2011, my Dad, brother and I happened to be passing through the hometown of BYU basketball star Jimmer Fredette. He won every conceivable college basketball award that year, so being fans we stopped into his hometown to get a bite to eat. As we walked into our eatery of choice, Pizza Hut, my brother asked the waitress if she knew Jimmer Fredette. Her reply once again cemented in my mind the nature of how fame can be so fleeting…and fickle. She replied to my brother, “Sure, everyone knows of him, he’s a hometown boy”, then she finished her sentence, “…but it’s baseball season now!” Wow! We were no more than 3 months from the end of the basketball season and this waitress was already essentially saying, “He’s old news”. I have followed professional athletes my entire life. I have now lived a sufficient time to not only follow the entire careers of some athletes, but I am now following their sons professional careers. What I have discovered in so doing is how easily the “gladiators” of yesteryear are forgotten. While on stage the crowds will cheer, but once you are no longer there, the fickleness of fame is that for almost all, it is O-V-E-R! This morning I happened to catch on TV a broadcast of an old Johnny Carson show. I always enjoyed his show and I stopped for a moment to watch him. He was a great entertainer and, in my opinion, could run circles around talk show hosts of today. Mr. Carson died not many years ago after spending a lifetime in front of the camera. Yet, I venture to say that my own kids don’t hardly recognize the name. In one generation his name is beginning to be forgotten.

This “fame” of which I speak is the fame of the world, given of man, preserved by man, and in most case taken away by man. I am reminded of a more important fame spoken of regarding the prophet Joseph Smith. Recorded in the 135th section of Doctrine and Covenants are these words:

He “left a fame and name that cannot be slain. He lived great, and he died great in the eyes of God and his people…” (vs. 3).

The fame of which this refers to is one that is everlasting. It is a fame that will save and exalt. This “heavenly” fame is one that is often gained, not in the glorious areas of the world, but while serving on the humble streets of cities and towns in which we live. It is this fame that will pass through the ages of time. It is this fame that will accompany one beyond the grave. A number of years ago James Faust said these inspiring words:

“Your future may not hold fame or fortune, but it can be something far more lasting and fulfilling. Remember that what we do in life echoes in eternity.” (“It Can’t Happen to Me”, April 2002, GC).

Having talents and abilities in this life can be a wonderful gift from the Lord. Our talents can be used in many different ways to further the work. But, let us not forget that our gifts and talents are given not only to bless our lives, but to build up the kingdom. If we don’t use our gifts wisely, the day will come when our talents fade and the bright lights of the world will shine on someone else. If we are not careful we might find, in the end, that we have “Jimmered” ourselves out of eternal life.


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